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Definition unpleasantly forceful — especially loud and harsh
  • "Swaller thet!" yelled Las Vegas, with terrible strident ferocity.
    Zane Grey  --  The Man of the Forest
  • Muted now, not strident, not announcing itself with a clarion, but waxing and waning in steady oscillations.
    Stephen King  --  Carrie
  • There was a long pause, which the inner devils filled with strident laughter; then May freed herself from his arms and stood up.
    Edith Wharton  --  The Age of Innocence
  • "You never will," returned Longstreth, stridently.
    Zane Grey  --  The Lone Star Ranger
  • BRADY (Red-faced, his larynx taut, roaring stridently) As they would look to the mountains whence cometh our strength.
    Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee  --  Inherit the Wind
  • Their strident quorks drifted down from above as Osha washed and cleaned and bandaged the maester's wounds, under Luwin's terse instruction.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Game of Thrones
  • And now indeed the office was alive with hustle and bustle, annunciator bells, strident commands.
    Alfred Bester  --  The Demolished Man
  • No age can ever have been as stridently sex-conscious as our own; those innumerable books by men about women in the British Museum are a proof of it.
    Virginia Woolf  --  A Room of One's Own
  • Voices were coming from the library, the first one strident and immediately recognizable as their mother's: "What do you mean she's missing?"
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Lost Souls
  • Startled, Alex Conklin snapped open his eyes, instantly shaking the sleep from his head as he clawed for the strident instrument on the bedside table.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Ultimatum
  • As he spoke, Seth howled stridently outside the tent.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Eclipse
  • "I found it on the miner Creede," replied the giant, stridently.
    Zane Grey  --  The Border Legion
  • His speech was strident but still smooth, and peppered with jokes.
    ZZ Packer  --  Drinking Coffee Elsewhere
  • In a very loud and strident voice the consulate official ordered Charles to sit.
    Li Cunxin  --  Mao's Last Dancer
  • "Brava! brava!" old Steyne's strident voice was heard roaring over all the rest.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • By the time a strident electronic buzzer told us to go back inside, I had formed a semiclear picture of the group's emotions.
    James Patterson  --  Saving the World and Other Extreme Sports
  • It is not as though I had expected an apology from her, but the stridency of this reply did, I must say, take me aback a little.
    Kazuo Ishiguro  --  The Remains of the Day
  • "Cut out the joshin'," rang out Monty's strident voice.
    Zane Grey  --  The Light of Western Stars
  • He heard a sound above the beeping traffic, something strident rising in the night.
    Don DeLillo  --  Underworld
  • Before the curtain rises, RUTH'S voice, a strident, dramatic church alto, cuts through the silence.
    Lorraine Hansberry  --  A Raisin in the Sun

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